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Cracker Barrel Plans to End Gestation Crate Confinement of Pigs

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., announced today that it will begin formulating plans that provide for a pork supply system within Cracker Barrel that is free of gestation crates, cages used to confine breeding pigs, which have been criticized in recent years due to animal welfare concerns.

Egg Industry, HSUS Ask Senate to Pass Hen Welfare Amendment

In an unprecedented alliance, The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers are calling on the U.S. Senate to pass an amendment to the Farm Bill to improve the treatment of more than 250 million egg-laying hens and provide a stable and secure future for U.

Misconceptions in Food Safety Can Derail Best Efforts

Similar stories abound from instructors of food manager certification classes. A young woman might raise her hand and ask if it’s really necessary to run raw potatoes through the dishwasher before cooking them, or a young man might question why he can’t refreeze extra ground beef that was accidentally thawed.

Steps to Help Your Restaurant Reduce Waste and Recycle

By now, you may have heard how recycling can boost a restaurant’s reputation and impact revenue. According to the National Restaurant Association and Georgia-Pacific, nearly 65% of restaurateurs embrace recycling.

Senate Bill Introduced to Improve Housing for Hens

The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers applaud the introduction of S. 3239, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, in the U.S. Senate.The bill was introduced by by Sen.

Ecolab Launches Stealth Fly Eliminator

Ecolab Inc. launched the STEALTH Fly Station at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 5-8, in Chicago. This proprietary addition to Ecolab’s industry-leading Large Fly Program attracts and eliminates flies before they enter a facility.

Execs to Discuss Supply Chain Management on May 3-4

CEOs from leading multi-unit restaurant companies will discuss supply chain management hot topics at the National Restaurant Association’s newly formed Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group next month in Chicago.

FDA Strengthens International Collaboration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. today released the agency’s “Global Engagement Report,” detailing the many activities and strategies FDA is using to transform from a domestic to a global public health agency.

Tuna Recall Prompts Call for Increased Inspections

Lawyer, Fred Pritzker, is calling for increased inspections of fish imports in the wake of emerging evidence that a massive U.S. Salmonella Bareilly outbreak may be linked to a single tuna processing facility in India.

King & Prince Seafood Achieves BRC Food Safety Certification

King & Prince Seafood has earned the prestigious BRC (British Retail Consortium) Certification under the Global Standard for Food Safety.After an extensive review of the company’s operational systems and procedures, documentation and a comprehensive plant audit, King & Prince Seafood’s facility in Brunswick, Georgia was awarded certification with a grade of “A,” the highest available.

FDA Takes Steps to Protect Public Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is taking three steps to protect public health and promote the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes develop the ability to resist the effects of a drug.

NRA Launches ServSafe 6th Edition Food Safety Program

The National Restaurant Association is rolling out the next generation of its ServSafe Food Safety manager program this month to meet the evolving needs of the restaurant and foodservice industry.Available now, the new ServSafeManager Book, 6th Edition (formerly ServSafe Essentials) training materials include optimized, recalibrated, and focused content created by the industry, for the industry.

Cintas Launches "Team with the White Truck" Campaign

Cintas Corporation recently launched the “Team with the White Truck” marketing campaign, highlighting the numerous products and services that Cintas provides to more than 900,000 businesses throughout North America.

Handy International Announces DNA Testing of Seafood

Handy is pleased to announce its new formal DNA testing program for crab meat, soft crabs, oysters, and artisanal fish. "Although we have many internal procedures in place to avoid any species substitutions, we wanted to take this additional step to provide further assurance," states Terry Conway, president.

How PACA Enforces Fair Trade In Produce

Last week, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) hosted a webinar delineating better business practices in produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ensures fair trade practices in the marketing of fresh and frozen produce using PACA, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.